October 12, 2023

Sharper: Israel at War

On October 7, 2023, Hamas launched an unprecedented and destructive attack on Israel. The consequences of this attack will reverberate throughout the region, with difficult obstacles ahead for Israel, the United States, and their global partners and allies. In this special edition of Sharper, CNAS researchers provide important insight to sharpen the conversation on Israeli security and what this attack means for the Middle East region and beyond. Continue reading this edition of Sharper to explore analysis.

Features

Israel at War

On October 12, 2023, CNAS hosted a virtual event featuring a discussion on the crisis in Israel and Gaza with Danny Citrinowicz, Research Fellow of the Institute for National Security Studies; Jonathan Lord, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at CNAS; and Carrie Cordero, Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at CNAS. Richard Fontaine, Chief Executive Officer of CNAS, moderated the discussion.

Israel Under Attack

On October 7, Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on Israel. As clashes erupted across the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the country “at war” while President Biden reaffirmed the U.S.’s commitment to support Israel. While the human cost of today’s events remains unclear, its effects will surely reverberate in the region and beyond. In this solemn moment, CNAS experts Richard Fontaine and Jonathan Lord analyze what today's events mean for Israel, the Palestinian territories, and more.

Middle East Security

Virtual Event | Israel at War: Hamas Attack on Israel

Oct 12, 2023

Middle East Security

CNAS Responds: Israel Under Attack

Today, October 7, Hamas launched an unprecedented assault on Israel. As clashes erupted across the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared the country “at war” whi...

Commentaries

The US Needs to Make Sure Hamas Isn’t a Threat to the Homeland

“The Biden administration has been articulating publicly for months how Section 702 provides critical foreign intelligence information across a range of 21st century threats, including Chinese intelligence activities, intelligence relevant to Russia’s war on Ukraine, global cybersecurity threats and fentanyl trafficking, to name a few,” Carrie Cordero argues in CNN. “But it is worth emphasizing that the catalyst for the section’s original enactment was counterterrorism, and it has been an essential counterterrorism tool for 15 years. Hamas, Hezbollah and their state-sponsor, Iran, are wholly appropriate foreign intelligence targets, and Section 702 authority should not be degraded while threats from these actors have escalated to the degree of starting a new war in the Middle East.

The Significance of Juniper Oak

“There are additional lessons and messages that both partners and adversaries can take away from Juniper Oak. For Israel’s emerging partners in the Gulf who have sought to normalize and build greater relations following the signing of the Abraham Accords, seeing this awesome display of military capability is a showcase for what they stand to gain should they choose to further develop their defense relationships with Israel,” Jonathan Lord writes in Inkstick. “While they all have a long way to go before they could perform at this level, surely, an exercise of this magnitude must be reassuring to them that a future in partnership with the United States and Israel is a more secure one. Though one should be careful not to link it to US support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu specifically since planning for these exercises predates the formation of his government.”

Middle East Security

The U.S. Needs to Make Sure Hamas Isn’t a Threat to the Homeland

Congress should renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Without congressional action, this provision will expire at the end of the year....

Middle East Security

The Significance of Juniper Oak

On Monday, the United States and Israel launched Juniper Oak 23, a multi-day series of bilateral military exercises. US-Israel military exercises aren’t unusual in the region,...

In the News

Featuring commentary and analysis from Richard Fontaine and Jonathan Lord.

Middle East Security

Pentagon ‘deeply concerned’ Hezbollah could widen Israel-Gaza conflict, analysts more sanguine

A senior Pentagon official told reporters Monday they were “deeply concerned” that Lebanese Hezbollah could choose to open up a “second front” against Israel in the wake of Ha...

Middle East Security

Biden Administration Scrambles to Defend Its Middle East Policy After Hamas Attacks

Foreign policy experts – many of whom despise Trump – fret that the issue is being politicized in a presidential campaign season and say it’s unfair to lay the blame on Biden ...

Middle East Security

What Will Russia Do With Gaza Chaos?

Hundreds of thousands of Russian citizens reside in Israel, and around 1.5 million Israelis speak Russian. Israel has backed Ukraine diplomatically but has not provided weapon...

Middle East Security

‘Menu of options’: What the Ford carrier strike group brings to Israel’s defense

The phrase “show of force” is often used to describe positioning ships, warplanes and other assets nearby potential conflict zones to demonstrate the US is ready to act milita...

Middle East Security

How Israel’s Hamas Terror-Sparked War Could Leave Indelible Mark on Entire Middle East

Iranian officials have denied involvement in the attack but also praised it as an act of “anti-Zionist resistance” and President Ebrahim Raisi has spoken with the leaders of t...

Middle East Security

Misinformation about Israel and Hamas is spreading on social media

The group instead has turned primarily to the messaging platform Telegram to distribute its content and saw colossal follower growth on Saturday. In the channel, Hamas posted...

Middle East Security

Could chaos in Congress slow US response in Israel-Gaza war?

Jonathan Lord, senior fellow and director of the Middle East security programme at the Centre for a New American Security, said the House was going through “unprecedented time...

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